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Yep, that should be fine. If you have trouble mixing it in thoroughly, try reheating the pudding in the microwave, a few seconds at a time, to make it thinner and more stirrable. (It’ll re-thicken when cooled.)


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The beans are fine to use for a little extra flavoring. If you're making a Crème Pâtissière, for example, you can add your extra beans in along with seeds and pods from a fresh bean.


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I've had this question myself because I'm finally down to my last bean from a package of 4-5 I bought at Williams-Sonoma years ago. When I say years ago, I mean YEARS ago, approximately 30-35 years ago. I have used them mainly for vanilla sugar, and over time they dry out and lose their potency, but it takes years. So I just inspected the last bean I have, ...


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